Oh yah, double John Green awesomeness! Here are reviews for two of his books: his first one, and then his latest one.
Year Published: 2005
My Rating: 4/ 5 stars!
Brilliant. Simply Brilliant.
Alaska to bufriedos to Takumi's rapping. I savored every word written
in the book. I guess the only reason I didn't give this a five stars is
that sometimes I got a little bored. But don't get me wrong, this story
is so hilarious and heart-breaking and thoughtful that you just can't
help but love it.
Here is a little taste of the main characters, with a little snippet of their rapping as accompaniment:
Pudge: "Um, we're sitting in a barm and the sun's going down/ when I was a kid at Burger King I wore a crown"
you can tell right off the bat that Miles "Pudge" is a little socially
awkward (that might be an understatement). But he always has the right
intentions, and he is very good-hearted. He can also be kind of
self-conscious, and doesn't have a lot of will to actually reply
something of evil nature.
Alaska: "Oh shit did you just diss the feminine gender/ I'll pummel your ass then stick it in a blender"
said. Well, maybe not. Apart from being a pretty *cough* aggresive
women's right activist, Alaska is also a book lover, a drinker, has a
strong field of knowledge in anything related to sex, and is very moody.
She is also incredibly intelligent, and can whip up some serious
kick-ass pranks. (As demonstrated later in the book)
drop bombs like Hiroshima, or better yet Nagasaki/ when girls hear me
flow they think I'm Rocky/ to represent my homeland I still drink sake/
the kids don't get my rhymin' so sometimes the mock me"
Takumi, Takumi. I didn't think he'd be much of a supporting character, but he does play quite an important role at the end.
for Alaska was so funny. Yet it was a kind of painful humor. I found
myself laughing my head off in a lot of the scenes, but there was this
layer of teenage angst or dark humor right underneath the funny parts.
It kind of made me uneasy, but it made the book so much more realistic.
Green perfectly portrays the feelings and emotions of teenagers in this
book. He didn't make them perfect, or give them unrealistic features. Looking for Alaska truly delivers the in form of grittiness and realism.
think I might have to read this book a couple more times to actually
settle down on a final rating. This book is just so complex, as the plot
contains so much depth and character. It might be on my "read" list,
but I know that one day, Looking for Alaska and I will meet again, and I will unbark on yet another tumultuous, eventful journey.
Author: I wonder who...
Year Published: 2012
My Rating: 4.5/ 5 stars!
After finishing this book, my thoughts for this book were close to: Hmm...
There wasn't really anything special about it... It's just another one
of those special love stories featuring two teenagers.
But then, after a few hours or more, I picked up this book again, and I kind of skimmed through the pages.
And as I was re-reading random paragraphs and conversations from the book, I came to a realization...
This book is a genius on itself! It's superb! It's fantastic! (And etc.)
The Fault in our Stars
might not of have the most eye-catching or eventful of plots, but it
had a strong one. The characters were well developed and contained a lot
of depth, and the ideas that supported the story weren't all mixed and
jumbled together. Hence, the plot had a strong "foundation". Any book
needs a storyline that is greatly written, along with events that move
smoothly between each other, to avoid a collapsing "building". The Fault
in our Stars had that. And honestly, I think the conclusion is what
shapes a book, a building. And the ending of this book was sweet and
mellow and so perfectly thought-out.
You know, I don't think
this book deserves to be called Young-Adult. It deserves much more than
it. The writing was impeccable. I bet you could find one sentence worth
quoting on each page. The main characters, Hazel and Augustus, were
mature (maybe a little too much...?) yet still possessed a thirst to
discover more about the world, and themselves. They had their own
voices, yet they never made it seem like their experiences with cancer
should be worshiped by everyone.
I didn't cry at the end, like
so many others did, but I do know that this book possesses quite a force
of nature. It is powerful, yet in a more subtle, quiet way. This is the
kind of books that are worth reading, and re-reading, and make you feel
grateful that you have the ability to read. John Green's latest book
should be on everyone's to-read list.
P.S. If ever John Green (or anyone else for that matter) decides to actually write An Imperial Affliction, could someone please notify me? I know that the whole plot was basically revealed in The Fault in our Stars, but seriously, it looks so darn brilliant!